ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rios hit for the cycle, Derek Holland struck out nine in his second shutout of the season and the Rangers started their final push for a playoff spot with a 12-0 victory over the Astros on Monday night.
Texas pulled within a game of the Indians for the second AL wild-card berth with six games left.
Rios finished off the cycle with a triple to right-center in the sixth inning, and he later scored to put the Rangers up 11-0. He doubled in the first, had an infield single in the third and hit his 18th homer in the fourth.
Holland got his 10th win in his ninth try since his Aug. 4 victory. The left-hander won at home for the first time since May 31.
Rios looked like he wanted to get the triple of the way in the first inning, going about 25 feet beyond the bag at second before pulling up on a two-run double. He had his fourth RBI on the triple, bringing home Elvis Andrus.
The first cycle of Rios' career was the seventh in Rangers history. Adrian Beltre was the last to do it, Aug. 24, 2012, against the Mariners.